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New England Home

As a New Englander who lives VERY close to this little gem of a home, I’m pretty sure that spaces as lovely as this one are a rare find. The restraint in decor, the unabashed elegance, the soft muted palette – all designed by Design Manifest and photographed by Courtney Apple – feel both timeless and incredibly chic. Click here to see even more.

From Design ManifestThe family of 6 had been living in the house for almost 2 years before they brought me in. They didn’t want to keep any of their existing furniture and were ready to start from scratch for their “grown up” home. It was exciting and daunting to build a completely new, mostly neutral palette. As a designer who has relied on color for my oomph, I relished in the opportunity to go softer, more layered and elegant in this home.

Family Room

This was the very first room we did together. My client has 4 kids and wanted a space that was serene and classic yet also practical. She wanted to keep the colors neutral but was down to play with lots of patterns and textures like reclaimed woods, rusted irons, and sisal rugs. We had the built-in bookshelves installed and painted the backs a soft blue. (BM glass slipper.) It was important to my client that the TV not be the first thing you see when you walk in the door.

Living Room

For the formal living room we wanted more of a lounge feel so we opted 4 chairs around an ottoman. The light in her is amazing and it’s so inviting. You can come in here with a glass of wine and put your feet up and relax!

Like the family room, we stuck with creams, caramels and blacks, mixing in pattern here and there. Vintage items like a tea cart from the 1800′s and a set of ebonized bamboo chairs add to the charm. The ottoman is custom made. My client was a little nervous when I suggested an octagonal snakeskin ottoman, but she trusted me and agreed we needed something a little edgy and special to anchor the room (I pretty much swoon every time I see it).

Dining Room

We took a little departure in the dining room by adding a little color! This room started completely bare and white. We built the faux-wainscot for a little architectural interest and added the dreamy willow wallpaper above. We couldn’t find a sideboard that was long enough for the wall, so we custom made one and painted it a complimentary blue-green color.My client wanted a mix of chairs, so we paired wing-style head chairs, with Louis XVI oval back side chairs and a bench they can pull up to the table. Sisal rugs are the common theme amongst these first floor rooms and tie the spaces together.


This is such a big space that we struggled to fill it all! We ended up building a window bench into one of the alcoves. The kids will pile onto it and snuggle with all of the pillows. This was another room where my client was willing to add a little more color. We tied in to the dining room’s seafoam blue and also added a pop of coral. While each room is different, we wanted to house to flow seamlessly.

Powder Room

It’s a dark space already, so we embraced it and added a charcoal grasscloth to the walls. It’s so rich and cozy in there now!

Photography: Courtney Apple | Designer: Design Manifest

Sofas: Lee Industries | Arm Chairs: Ballard Designs in custom fabric | Rug: Stanton | Ottoman: similar | Stools: Bernhardt | End tables: Aidan Gray | Chest: Bliss Studio

Chairs: Lee Industries | Console Table: Robert Allen | Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey (with black trim applied by us) | Pillow Fabric: Manuel Canovas | Ottoman: By Design Manifest / Lee Jofa fabric | Chairs and Bar Cart: Vintage

Table: Zimmerman | Sideboard: Design Manifest | Head Chairs: Aidan Gray | Side Chairs: Ballard Designs / Schumacher fabric | Bench: Lee Jofa fabric | Rug: Stanton | Wallpaper: GP & J Baker “Oriental Tree”

Bench: Design Manifest / Jim Thompson fabric

Bed: Chestnut Hill Trading Company | Bench at end of bed: Restoration Hardware recovered in Schumacher fabric | Chair/Ottoman: Aidan Gray | End Tables: Bliss Studio

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Purple Easter Decor

Happy Easter SMP-ers! We hope that if you celebrate this fun holiday, you’re knee deep in chocolate bunnies and all things family. If not, we thought we’d share a bit of pretty to set the mood. While Easter is usually all about pastels, we sort of fell in love with this purple hued brunch – designed by Emmanuelle at Poise Boston – and think that it would translate beautifully for even non holiday celebrations.

From Emmanuelle….My guests were all adults so I went with a minimalistic theme when it came to décor. I wanted to create an elegant yet comfortable environment that complimented the existing color palette in my home, while adding a bit of Easter personality {subtly}.

I have a mantel in my living room which is a focal point in the room as well as my largest wall so I wanted to utilize it to help set my space. I worked with Sarah at Spruce floral on the flower designs and as you can see, she did an incredible job. We landed on candlesticks set at different heights holding easter egg shells and flowers.

For the table I brought in the purple tones with varying muted silvery/purple/lavender table linens. I designed the table around my vintage champagne saucers which are made of a rare purple glass from the 1940′s. Each guest’s place was set with a wrapped box of teuscher champagne truffles which were labeled with zinc tags.

For the desserts I worked with Jocelyn at Mayflour Cake & Confections who is an amazingly talented cake and confection chef. We had lavender honey cupcakes, chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and macaroons with chocolate interior.

It really was a lovely way to celebrate Easter and welcome spring.


Photography: Todd Lee Photography | Flowers: Spruce Floral | Cake, Cupcakes & Macarons: Mayflour Cake & Confections | Event Styling & Menu: POISE. Events & PR

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Casual Outdoor Engagement Session

As a New England girl who just survived the longest Winter known to mankind, I feel like this Summery Marshfield shoot from Shannon Grant is exactly what the doctor ordered. Sunshine, smiles and romance for days – all mirrored to achieve the same vibe that the couple is planning for their big day. Click here for even more.

From photographer, Shannon Grant…When Jillian (a local floral designer) contacted me about shooting her Engagement Session, I was on board right away! She mentioned wanting to incorporate their beloved pets into the session. Also, that she wanted something rustic and organic in nature to mirror what she had in store for the wedding. We chose a nearby field to hold the session in and it was perfect! I focused on creating images that were candid, romantic, and full of that glowing pre-sunset lighting that is just so glorious. Also, we decided on using film for the session as Jill used to photograph weddings and loved the look film brings to the table. Now she is a super talented floral designer for Beach Plum Floral Design but will always appreciate her photography roots.

Photography: Shannon Grant Photography | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral Design